> Beloved Spouse's "l'Orphelin"* came with stickers saying
> "3 Tubes Super Vitus 971" and
> "Houbans - Bases Fourreaux Super Vitus 971"
> 1) anyone know anything about the Super Vitus 971? Composition, market
> position relative to others, etc?
> 2) Houbans means? Bases?
> *It is called "l'Orphelin" (the orphan) because we bought it at the
> bankruptcy auction of the Shaker Heights Bicycle Shop, about 1975. It had
> tubing stickers, but no brand stickers. Generic French frame, awaiting a
> shop's private label, I guess. The bike is very light (but small).
Haubans are the stays. Fourreaux are the fork blades
Steven Maasland Moorestown, NJ